Welcome to Heavenly Yarns!

The Heavenly Yarns storefront

Our shop at 133 High St. in downtown Belfast (click to zoom)


Once you've washed and de-pilled your sweater, why not change it up with new buttons from our extensive selection? (click to zoom)

Once you've washed and de-pilled your sweater, why not change it up with new buttons from our extensive selection? (click to zoom)

Spring Sale

Spring is finally arriving! Now is a good time to wash and put away your heavy wool garments and accessories, and refresh your lighter weight wools.

This month, we will encourage you to do just that by offering Eucalan Wool Wash at 20% off. If you haven't tried Eucalan before, come into the shop and we will tell you all about how wonderful it is -- and methods that make washing your sweaters an easy task. There are two sizes of Eucalan available as well as four scents and an unscented option.

If your sweaters need to have the pills removed, we have finally found a great sweater de-piller/lint brush called the Gleener. It will be on sale this month as well too. We have a shop sample for you to try out, so make sure you wear a "needy" sweater when you stop by this month.

Maybe your sweater needs a change of buttons to give a new look to your wardrobe. We are also offering all our buttons at 20% off, with JHB brand buttons at 40% off!


Giardino Shawl, crocheted in Louisa Harding's new Giardino, in the Violetta colorway, pretty as a drift of spring flowers (click to zoom)

Giardino Shawl, crocheted in Louisa Harding's new Giardino, in the Violetta colorway, pretty as a drift of spring flowers (click to zoom)

Giardino Shawl

This lovely shawl is crocheted in Louisa Harding's new yarn called Giardino (that's Italian for "garden" -- so appropriate this time of year).

We have this yarn in four saturated colorways. It is a lyrically tinted, variegated, dk weight yarn that is 52% cotton and 48% acrylic. The shawl pattern is free at the shop. It uses two balls of Giardino and an F-5 or G-6 hook.


The Emilia poncho, knit in Berroco's new Linen Stonewash (click to zoom)

The Emilia poncho, knit in Berroco's new Linen Stonewash (click to zoom)

Emilia Poncho

In March, we received a shipment of Berroco's new yarn, Linen Stonewash. We received a model shirt made out of this yarn from them, but we felt it didn't show off linen's justly prized qualities, like its sumptuous drape and coolness for summer wear. So we decided to try knitting it ourselves, and made a poncho-type shawl called Emilia, a free pattern on Ravelry.

Emilia is a great garment to wear over a summer dress or sleeveless shirt. It is so versatile that it can be worn for a formal occasion or for everyday errands. Make one Emilia and we bet you'll make a second.

We used four balls of Linen Stonewash and a #9 needle. The yarn was easy to knit with, and blocks to a beautiful smoothness!


Andrea Mowry's Nightshift shawl, total eye candy knit in two skeins of Noro's Ito (click to zoom)

Andrea Mowry's Nightshift shawl, total eye candy knit in two skeins of Noro's Ito (click to zoom)

Nightshift Shawl

Nightshift is a popular pattern on Ravelry. The easy colorwork is made by slipping stitches, NOT by carrying yarns. If you like a thicker fabric to keep warm during cool spring or summer evenings, this "eye candy" is one to consider.

Besides the fun of watching the colors of self-striping yarns interplay with each other, we decided to make it after learning that the designer, Andrea Mowry, has moved to southern Maine, with extended family reportedly living in Waldo County. Stay tuned to Facebook should we be lucky enough to receive a visit!

Nightshift uses about 800+ yards of worsted weight yarn and a #8 needle. We used two skeins of Noro's Ito (436 yards each), so we had only four ends to weave in! If you have Noro stash to use up -- even odd skeins -- this may be an exciting knit for you.


We learned about color-recessive Romney sheep on our recent visit to Black Sheep Farm in Dresden (click to zoom)

We learned about color-recessive Romney sheep on our recent visit to Black Sheep Farm in Dresden (click to zoom)

Fiber of Maine Newsletter

Are you interested in reading a short monthly article about fiber farms in Maine? The blog posts on the Fiber of Maine website are about our visits to the many family farms throughout Maine. Most are about sheep -- and there are many breeds here in Maine -- but occasionally we get to blog about goats, alpacas or even rabbits.

We try to incorporate other places of interest in our posts, like a nearby lake where you can enjoy a picnic or a nice restaurant to stop at for lunch. We hope these posts offer new ways to explore this amazing state!

Sign up on our mailing list at the bottom of the home page at Fiber of Maine.


Support Local Yarn Store Day on April 27: Show support for small businesses while driving awareness and supporting the craft.

Support Local Yarn Store Day on April 27: Show support for small businesses while driving awareness and supporting the craft.

LYS Day at HY

There will be a nationwide celebration of Local Yarn Shop Day on Saturday, April 27.

With about four weeks to go, we are not sure of everything we will be doing to celebrate being a local shop, but we do know that we will be offering all yarn at 20% off -- including already discounted yarn! We will also have a drawing for prizes.

We will be offering the celebration on Sunday, April 28 too, since many people cannot always make a one-day event.


Two hardy women at MOFGA's Farm and Homestead Day

Two hardy women at MOFGA's Farm and Homestead Day

Call for Knitting Teacher

MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) is looking for a volunteer to teach knitting at their Farm and Homestead Day on June 22 in Unity. In lieu of about 1.5 hours of your time, you get a pass to the event and a free tee shirt! For more information, phone Susie at 435-459-0220.


Painting by artist and poet Marjorie Arnett

Painting by artist and poet Marjorie Arnett

Painters and Poets

On Tuesday, April 2, there will be an opening reception for painters and poets at the Belfast Free Library, 5-6 pm. An open poetry reading will follow; sign-up starts at 6 pm.

April is National Poetry Month and the library is celebrating with an exhibit and the open reading. The creative work of Marjorie Arnett and 27 poets come together in an Ekphrastic Exhibition, Painter and Poets, to be held in the library's Kramer Gallery for the month.

Belfast artist Marjorie Arnett asked poets to select one of her colorful paintings and write a poem interpreting the work through vivid, often dramatic verbal descriptions. The term "ekphrastic" refers to a form of writing, mostly poetry, wherein the author describes another work of art, usually visual.

For more information, phone the Belfast Free Library at 207-338-3884 ext.10, or visit the library's Events for April 2019 page.


Belfast Regional Job Fair

Belfast Regional Job Fair

Job Fair

The Belfast Regional Job Fair will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 3:30-6:30 pm, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Regional employers are looking for qualified applicants. Dress for success and bring your resume! Employer space available. Email David Grima at david.m.grima@maine.gov.


Live auction to benefit Spectrum Generations and Meals on Wheels

Live auction to benefit Spectrum Generations and Meals on Wheels

Benefit Auction

There will be a live auction to benefit Spectrum Generations and the Meals on Wheels program on Friday, April 5, at the Redman Hall on Main Street, Belfast. View items at 5 pm; auction begins at 6 pm. Items include gift certificates, homemade crafts, heating oil, firewood, collectibles, jewelry and pottery. This event includes a 50/50 raffle. Food items will be available for purchase. For more information, phone Beth at 207-930-8090.


Maivish, L-R: Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell, Jaige Trudel

Maivish, L-R: Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell, Jaige Trudel

Maivish at Belfast Flying Shoes

Join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, April 5, for an evening of contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church St. in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance called by Chrissy Fowler. The contra dance begins at 8 pm.

This month's caller is Vermont-based Mary Wesley. Mary is a dance leader, caller and organizer for contras, squares, morris and family and community dances. A native of Vermont, she travels throughout New England and beyond to share her friendly enthusiasm and love of dance. When she isn't calling, Mary works at the Vermont Folklife Center, in Middlebury, Vermont.

Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Mary will be Maivish. Fiddler Jaige Trudel grew up in Vermont, in a musical family, and has performed professionally since 2001. Guitarist Adam Broome was raised in the Cotswolds in west central England and has pursued a lifelong passion for traditional English dance music and song. (Trudel and Broome were also two thirds of the dance trio Crowfoot.) Matthew Olwell, on blackwood flute and percussion, has been performing and teaching as a dancer and percussionist at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. The name Maivish comes from an English colloquial term for the song thrush.

Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson.

For more information, phone 207-338-0979, email belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com, visit Belfast Flying Shoes or find them on Facebook.


Flower Vase, 10 x 10 inches, collaged paper, by Deborah Jellison

Flower Vase, 10 x 10 inches, collaged paper, by Deborah Jellison

Local Color Workshop

Learn the technique of painting and collaging handmade paper with artist Deborah Jellison. The two-day workshop for adults and teens will be April 6-7 from 10 am-3 pm at Local Color Gallery at 135 High St. in Belfast. The workshop is free, but a $12 fee to cover materials is requested. The gallery will also be accepting donations for the Soap Closet.

Deborah Jellison's work is full of patterns and layers. She'll be showing you how to bring movement, color and textures together to form a cohesive collage piece. The process is fun but messy, so dress down and come prepared to play! Class size is limited to 12, so please register early by emailing debjelli@hotmail.com.


Choral Works for Spring, Pen Bay Singers

Choral Works for Spring, Pen Bay Singers

Choral Works for Spring

The Penobscot Bay Singers will perform Choral Works for Spring, directed by Richard M. Dostie. The selections are a mixture of secular and sacred works featuring Randall Thompson's "The Best of Rooms" and Gabriel Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine," plus some Easter carols and American folk songs. Also featured are the Mount View Chamber Singers, directed by Rebecca Childs. They will perform in their usual a cappella style. The concerts will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 pm at St. Francis Catholic Church in Belfast and on Sunday, April 7, at 3 pm at the Searsport Congregational Church in Searsport. Suggested donation is $15 at the door, with accompanied children free.

For more information, find them on Facebook or visit Penobscot Bay Singers.


An Afternoon in Consideration of Our Oceans features the film Blue.

An Afternoon in Consideration of Our Oceans features the film Blue.

Consider Our Oceans

An Afternoon in Consideration of Our Oceans will take place on Sunday, April 7, at the United Farmers Market, Belfast including three free events sponsored by Upstream Watch. Attend any or all events. Childcare will be available during the screening.

3-4 pm: Presentations by area students. Kid-friendly. Participants in the Plastic-Free Challenge will present their projects. A presentation of simple and effective ways to engage children in caring about the ocean. Kids and adults are invited to learn a song to sing together before the documentary.

4 pm: Blue. A documentary journey into the ocean realm. We learn about the perils the oceans are facing, how all of us are tied to oceans' survival, and simple steps we can take to support their recovery. 76 minutes, rated Parental Guidance, some images may not be appropriate for young children.

5:30 pm: Panel discussion with audience participation. Three panelists with professional ties to the ocean will discuss their views and answer your questions:Tim Rider, fisherman and member of New England Fish Mongers; Dwayne Shaw, executive director of Downeast Salmon Federation; and Susan Hand Shetterly, author of The Seaweed Chronicles, A World at the Water's Edge. Moderator: Susie O'Keeffe, research associate at the College of the Atlantic.

5:30 pm-end: Wine and hors d'oeuvres. Hors d'oeuvres prepared by local chefs will be available and wine for purchase.

For more information, email learn@upstreamwatch.org or visit Upstream Watch.


The Searching for Spring talk features speaker Elisabeth Maxwell.

The Searching for Spring talk features speaker Elisabeth Maxwell.

Citizen Science Talk

On Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 pm, at the Belfast Free Library, Friends of Sears Island presents Searching for Spring: Phenology Research and Citizen Science Initiatives in Maine, with Elisabeth Maxwell.

For more information, phone the Belfast Free Library at 207-338-3884 ext.10, or visit the library's Events for April 2019 page.


Create an eco-landscape in your yard!

Create an eco-landscape in your yard!

Create an Eco-Landscape

On Tuesday, April 16, at 2 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, conservation biologist Aleta McKeage will describe ways to make gardens and yards healthy and resilient at a public talk hosted by the Belfast Garden Club. McKeage will explain how native plants can be used to provide color, interest and form while providing wildlife and pollinator habitat. Gardening with native plants can also help reduce lawn care, cut chemical inputs, improve soil and reduce pest problems.

McKeage will show how local gardeners can choose plants and design elements in eco-landscaping approaches that foster thriving ecosystems. With expertise in native and invasive plants as well as ecological restoration, McKeage serves as Technical Director of the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.

For more information, phone the Belfast Free Library at 207-338-3884 ext.10, or visit the library's Events for April 2019 page.


The Halcyon String Quartet

The Halcyon String Quartet

Halcyon String Quartet

On Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm, the Halcyon String Quartet will perform at the United Farmers Market on 18 Spring St., Belfast. Tickets are $10.


Paris to Pittsburgh, climate change documentary

Paris to Pittsburgh, climate change documentary

Climate Change Film

Don't miss Belfast Free Library's April 23, 6:30 pm screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a new National Geographic film narrated by actor/activist Rachel Brosnahan, and produced by RadicalMedia with Bloomberg Philanthropies. The film sheds light on the effects of climate change and encourages us to fight for our future.

How can we take action against climate change? Paris to Pittsburgh shows how Americans are taking change into their own hands, and, as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, aren't waiting on Washington to act.

For more information, phone the Belfast Free Library at 207-338-3884 ext.10, or visit the library's Events for April 2019 page.


Chefs dishing out some great food at Cafe Italia

Chefs dishing out some great food at Cafe Italia

Cafe Italia

On Saturday, April 27, Cafe Italia will take place at the Waldo County Shrine Club. This event benefits Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County. Appetizers and basket viewing: 5 pm. Dinner: 6 pm. Tickets $25. There will be baskets to raffle off, along with a wine auction. Enjoy a fun evening and help others have a home.

Get tickets from any Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County board member; by phoning 207-338-2344; or at Mailloux and Marden Law Offices, 151 High St., Belfast or Camden National Bank, where you can also view the baskets.


Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Our Shipping Policy

Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.

At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.

By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)